Here’s The Truth Behind Hollywood’s Most Infamous Photo
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Sophia Loren rose to stardom in the late 1950s and took the entire world by storm with her unprecedented talent and exotic beauty. Keeping in mind that she was one of the most talked about women in showbiz at the time, it doesn’t come as a surprise that she didn’t want anyone to interfere with her newly acquired status.
In 1957, Paramount organized a huge party for Sophia in order to officially welcome her to Hollywood and everything was just as she had imagined it would be – until Jayne Mansfield appeared and stole Loren’s spotlight. Well, those were the circumstances surrounding the infamous photograph where Loren side-eyes Mansfield’s breasts. And Sophia has finally confirmed that she was, indeed, thinking exactly what everyone knew she was thinking.
Here’s what she said:
‘’Paramount had organized a party for me. All of cinema was there, it was incredible. And then comes in Jayne Mansfield, the last one to come. For me, that was when it got amazing. . . . She came right for my table. She knew everyone was watching. She sat down. And now, she was barely . . . Listen. Look at the picture.’’
She also said that, despite being seen talking to Mansfield and smiling, she could think of nothing else but that revealing dress, concluding that, “No, no. Well, there may be other photos, but this is the picture. This is the one that shows how it was. This is the only picture.”
Loren, who is considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time, has frequently been asked to autograph this particular photo and she has always refused to do it. Apart from being slightly ashamed of the legendary side-eye photo, Loren wants to be respectful towards Mansfield, who was killed in a car accident in 1967.
Sophia Loren & Jayne Mansfield, :)) pic.twitter.com/biHgYAkxkU
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